The Crazy House

7 Reasons Crazy House is the Most Unique Attraction in Dalat Vietnam

The Crazy House should be on your Dalat itinerary. You may love it. You may hate it. But if you’re visiting Dalat Vietnam, you don’t want to miss it. The Crazy House was one our favorite things about Dalat, Vietnam. Here are 7 reasons why.

1. Dalat’s Crazy House is an Authentic tourist attraction

The Crazy House was never intended to be a tourist attraction, and that’s exactly what makes it’s such a great one. As art, as architecture, even as an attraction, the Crazy House is true only to the artistic spirit of Dang Viet Nga. One look, and you’ll know it doesn’t pander to the masses. It defies all conventions and standards of taste. The Crazy House is outrageously beautiful, hideously eccentric, and downright weird. But the Crazy House is clearly a labor of love. It’s a puzzling place, but it oozes with soul and authenticity.

The Travel Ninjas at the Crazy House in Dalat,Vietnam2. Dalat’s Crazy House has an Inspiring Origin Story

The existence of the Crazy House was “almost” a miracle. It exists purely through the undying faith and perseverance of Dang Viet Nga. You know the plot. An idealist with lofty ambitions overcomes overwhelming obstacles to make her dream a reality. That’s the story of the Crazy House. Dang Nga Viet is an inspiration. Her neighbors tried stop her. The banks tried to stop her. Even the government tried to stop her, but she never gave up on her dream.

It’s “almost” a miracle because Dang Viet Nga is the daughter of a former President. While those powerful connections may have made her victory possible, they didn’t guarantee it. She had to repeatedly fight official opposition and public ridicule. Imagine the frustration. She wins one official battle only to face another and another. It went on like that for years. Construction of the Crazy House had many long delays, and Dang Viet Nga accumulated substantial debt. The temptation to give up must have been intense. She was already among Vietnam’s elite.

The Crazy House was not her ticket to fame and fortune. The Crazy House was her ticket to headaches and heartburn, but it was also her passion, her contribution to the world, and her triumph. Whatever your artistic taste, the Crazy House is inspiring on a human level.

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The Travel Ninjas Exploring the Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam

3. Dalat’s Crazy House is THE Icon of Contemporary Vietnamese Architecture

Nothing in contemporary Vietnamese architecture comes close to the iconic status of the Crazy House. There is nothing like it. Vietnam has some gorgeous and impressive buildings and brides, but none of them has the outlandish individuality of the Crazy House. It is a marvel of design, a marvel of engineering, and a marvel of playfulness.

If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture, you’ve got to visit the Crazy House. It will challenge your expectations about a communist society. The dominant theme is living in nature with individuality, freedom, and joy.

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The Gorgeous Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam

4. Dalat’s Crazy House is Fun and Interactive Art

The Crazy House is really 3 “Tree Houses” that are connected by a shared garden and numerous elevated walkways. You’ll feel like a kid again exploring the “Tree Houses.” The “Tree Houses” resemble the hollowed out trunks of massive, gnarly trees. They are filled with various themed rooms, each wackier than the next. Large statues of bears, eagles, tigers, and even ants dominate the décor of the rooms. The whole aesthetic is playful and engaging. There are no straight lines or right angles. The whole structure seems to be alive and fluid. And it draws you into its apparent movement.

You’ll love getting lost in the funhouse-like maze of tunnels, winding stairs and elevated walkways. One of the most inviting (and slightly dangerous) features of the Crazy House is the rooftop walkway system that towers more than 5 stories tall.

The Travel Ninjas admiring the Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam5. Dalat’s Crazy House is a Great Sight with Great Views

Speaking of the rooftop walkways, they provide some of best panoramic views of Dalat. You can enjoy gazing at the incredible oddities of the Crazy House AND enjoy fantastic views of Dalat and the countryside. It’s difficult combo to top.

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6. Dalat’s Crazy House is Cheap and Easy to Visit

The Crazy House is just out of walking range, but it is only a short taxi ride from Dalat city center. The entrance fee to the Crazy House is a measly 40,000 VND (less than $2). You can see a one-of-a-kind piece of living, evolving art for less than a cup of coffee.

The Travel Ninjas Visiting the Crazy House in Dalat, Vietnam

7. Dalat’s Crazy House is a Fully Functioning Hotel

Millions of people from all over the world visit just to see the Crazy House, but you can spend the night in the wacky exhibit rooms. This is too unique an opportunity to pass up.

Not spending one night here was one of the biggest regrets from our Dalat trip. We absolutely loved the luxury and comfort of the 5-star Swiss Belresort, but we would have given up one night of pampering to have the novelty of sleeping in the Crazy House. We know that as a hotel, the Crazy House may have some drawbacks. The top complaints are a lack of amenities (like AC and TV) and the presence of other tourists wandering around (starting at 8am). But these complaints miss the point of staying at the Crazy House and in Dalat.

First of all, if you’re in Dalat, Vietnam, you should not be sleeping at 8 am. There is just too much to see and do around Dalat. You can sleep in at home. Get out there and have some fun in Dalat.

Secondly, TV’s and big clunky AC units everywhere would destroy the artistic principles and wacky design of the Crazy House. The whole point is how different the Crazy House is from any other hotel. So you can’t complain because it’s odd, eccentric, and wacky. That’s exactly what makes it the most unique tourist attraction in Dalat, Vietnam.

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50 Comments
  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 12:58h, 01 November

    That does indeed look like a crazy house! Thx for showing us all about this unique attraction in Vietnam!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:02h, 01 November

    Doreen, The Crazy House is definitely one of kind in Dalat and the rest of Vietnam.

  • Eric || The Bucket List Project
    Posted at 21:11h, 01 November

    This is awesome! Its as if Salvador Dali & Anton Gaudi had a love child who then married Willy Wonka and that love child created the Dalat! This is definitely going to be on our Vietnam Bucketlist!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:30h, 01 November

    Eric – Wow, great description. The elevated external walkways of Dalat’s Crazy House reminded us of the rooftop terrace on Gaudi’s Pedrera in Barcelona. They had a very playful feel. It’s no chocolate factory, but it’s still fun.

  • Chris
    Posted at 02:43h, 02 November

    LOL, I remember arriving here for the first time with no idea what to expect!

    I love Dalat, with its cooler climate providing such a relief after the heat of the nearby delta!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:22h, 02 November

    Chris, The Crazy House is the kinda place you have to experience for yourself. Photos don’t convey the feel of its odd perspectives and unusually shaped spaces. Yes, Dalat is one our favorite cities in Vietnam.

  • Mar Pages
    Posted at 08:00h, 03 November

    Wow the greatest thing about this is how I really admire Dang Viet Nga fighting for her passion! It looks so creative and out of the ordinary and so full of life- so true to the theme!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:18h, 03 November

    Mar, We find her story inspiring too. The Crazy House was extremely difficult to create, politically and artistically. It is one of the most unique buildings in all of Vietnam.

  • Ami
    Posted at 16:44h, 05 November

    Seems like quite a unique and fun place. Those tree houses are quite crazy . Made me feel a little like the pixie who stayed in the Magic Faraway tree.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:19h, 05 November

    Ami, This was definitely a unique and fun place. It is certainly one that you must see in person to truly appreciate since photos do not do it justice. Staying at the crazy house will make you feel like you are living in a Dr. Seuss children’s book. 🙂

  • Alessandra
    Posted at 15:25h, 06 November

    Loved learning about the persistence of this lady and how she created such a unique place. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    Alessandra

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:20h, 06 November

    Alessandra, Her passion really inspired us. She kept following her dream in spite of all the obstacles thrown her way.

  • Sreeram Hariharan
    Posted at 23:36h, 06 November

    Stunning images and quite an inspiring thing to read about DangViet Nga’s struggle in keeping the Crazy House.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:24h, 07 November

    Sreeram, She is quite the inspirational woman! She realized her dreams of independence and freedom in the art of architecture. So awesome!

  • Vyjay
    Posted at 01:00h, 08 November

    This is the first time I heard about the Crazy House. It looks really fascinating. It seems straight out of a fairytale. I am reminded of a story I had read as a kid. The story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This seems close to that.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:15h, 08 November

    Vyjay, The Crazy house is definitely a highlight when visiting Da Lat. Its architecture is unbelievable and the story behind it is truly inspirational.

  • Kevin Wagar
    Posted at 14:24h, 08 November

    This place is amazing! I love how all the intricate pieces seem to serve a purpose of some sort, whether it be a bridge or a pathway. Awesome views and definitely something to see when I visit!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 03:16h, 09 November

    Kevin, it is definitely a must see when in Da Lat. Try to stay for at least one night, if possible. It would make for an even cooler experience.

  • Isabel Leong
    Posted at 12:19h, 14 November

    I never knew Vietnam has this. Looks so fun! 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:30h, 14 November

    Isabel, neither did we! It was awesome. Next time we are going to make sure to book a few nights at The Crazy House 🙂

  • Isaly Holland
    Posted at 01:12h, 18 December

    This place looks super cool! I want to visit some place like this one day (:

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:19h, 18 December

    Hello Isaly. Crazy House is super cool. Check it out when you’re in Dalat.

  • Sarah Ross-Koves
    Posted at 10:54h, 18 December

    What an amazing place to visit. Reminds me of the Mystery Spot in Mackinaw. I have always wanted to travel overseas, but we haven’t yet, but my sister in law taught a summer of English in Vietnam.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:00h, 18 December

    Hey Sarah. Travelling overseas is awesome. Vietnam is great place to visit in Asia. It has great food,natural beauty, and culture and the prices are super cheap.

  • Anosa
    Posted at 12:17h, 18 December

    How amazing does crazy house look and loving the artistic look though it was not intended to be a tourist attraction it seems to be a great hit with tourists

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:20h, 18 December

    Hey Anosa. The Crazy House is a hot attraction. We love the artistry and style too.

  • Melanie Frost
    Posted at 13:55h, 18 December

    I’m glad you did a post dedicated to the Crazy House. I remember you talking about it from a previous post and was very curious to learn more. I totally want to go there!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:00h, 18 December

    Hi Melanie. Thanks. We did a post about all our favourite things about Dalat. Crazy House is one of them and is so cool it deserved a separate post too. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Valerie
    Posted at 17:05h, 18 December

    This looks beyond cool. I would love to visit it. Very affordable too.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:11h, 18 December

    Hello Valerie. It is beyond cool and so affordable.

  • Yvette
    Posted at 18:55h, 18 December

    This looks freaking awesome!!!! I wish we had that here!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:00h, 18 December

    Hey Yvette. Yeah. It was freaking awesome!

  • Vanessa H Wood
    Posted at 19:20h, 18 December

    This crazy house looks crazy cool! It’s almost like a maze… something new to discover around every corner!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:30h, 18 December

    Hello Vanessa. Well said. It’s full of interesting surprises around every corner.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 19:37h, 18 December

    Wow, this does look pretty crazy! This looks like it would be a fun place to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:40h, 18 December

    Hey Amber. It was a crazy and fun place to visit.

  • Jill Conyers
    Posted at 20:55h, 18 December

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. My kids would love to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:00h, 18 December

    Hey Jill. Agreed, it’s like a big play land that kids would love. Just keep close eye on them, not everything is made with safety in mind.

  • Briana
    Posted at 21:16h, 18 December

    This looks SO cool! I’d love to see it in person. So nice that the admission fee is so affordable.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:20h, 18 December

    Hi Briana. The Crazy House is so cool. And it’s affordable too.

  • blair villanueva
    Posted at 22:22h, 18 December

    Looks like a houses in Willy Wonka! And i find it magical and mysterious thatbkids will appreciate too 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 22:30h, 18 December

    Hello Blair. It does have a Willy Wonka feel that kids would love too.

  • Amrita
    Posted at 05:30h, 19 December

    This and the elephant falls are making Dalat more attractive to me. Tree houses!!! And rooftop walkways. That’s like a dream come true. I wish you had more pics.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:00h, 19 December

    Hello Amrita. Dalat is a wonderful place to visit with lots to see and do. We do have many more photos of Crazy House. Maybe we’ll do a photo essay on it showcasing more details.

  • Garf
    Posted at 08:32h, 19 December

    These are definitely the unique attractions I have ever seen. Interesting!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:40h, 19 December

    Hey Garf. Crazy House is definitely unique.

  • Bethanny Sudibyo
    Posted at 15:21h, 19 December

    Whoaaa this house is super trippy. I love it! Never thought such places exists, even more in Vietnam! Super cool!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:50h, 19 December

    Hey Bethany. Yeah it is super trippy. We didn’t expect this in Vietnam either.

  • Mike - Travel and Destinations
    Posted at 09:38h, 01 February

    The Crazy House looks so cool. I love unusual architecture like this. Have you seen Hundertwasserhaus before in Vienna? That’s also very odd but interesting. Thanks for sharing this cool spot.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:55h, 01 February

    Hey Mike. I have seen Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna. The wavy flowing lines and unusual feeling it creates are similar.